Nov. 12, 2010
DePaul 84, Valparaiso 53 |Bluetube: Highlights & Post Game Interview | Postgame Notes
CHICAGO -- DePaul junior forward Keisha Hampton scored DePaul's first points and did not stop as the junior lifted the Blue Demons to an 84-53 win over Valparaiso, Friday in the opening round of the WNIT, at McGrath Arena.
Hampton led a quartet of Blue Demons in double figures. The junior registered 27 points while Felicia Chester finished with 18, Anna Martin had 16 and Deanna Ortiz recorded a career-high 11 to round out DePaul's double-digit scorers.
With the game tied at four, Hampton started firing and could not miss. The forward fueled DePaul's 21-7 run with 10 points of her own, on 4-of-5 shooting.
The Crusaders fought back and got within six, 25-19 on a Betsy Adam's 3-pointer, but the Blue Demons quickly regained their double-digit advantage and took a 43-31 lead to the locker room at the half.
DePaul took its first 20-point lead, 60-39 on an Anna Martin layup with 12:18 left to play. Valpo would get within 15 on a 3-pointer by Rashida Ray, but an 8-0 run by DePaul would stop the Crusaders comeback hopes.
The Blue Demons shot .421 from the field and distributed the ball exceptionally well. DePaul's point guards -- Sam Quigley and China Threatt combined for 11 of DePaul's 22 assists.
With DePaul off and running, its defense clamped down and stymied Valparaiso's offensive efforts as the Crusaders shot just under 36 percent for the game. The Blue Demons forced Valpo into 31 turnovers while 19 of those came on a steal. Hampton tied a career-high with five steals, while Katherine Harry also tied a career mark with four takeaways.
Valparaiso was led by Adam's 15 points while Stefanie Lang and Tabitha Gerardot each had 10.
DePaul travels to Missouri State for a second round contest with Bears. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (CST) with the winner advancing to the Semifinals of the Preseason WNIT.
Notes: Coach Doug Bruno won his 499th career game... he has won 459 as DePaul's head coach... Sam Quigley started her 70th consecutive game while Keisha Hampton has now started her last 67 games... Felicia Chester appeared in her 100th career game while Quigley has now played in 99 games in a DePaul uniform... Quigley tallied seven assists tonight and has at least one assist in her last 68 games... with seven assists, Quigley now ranks 6th in DePaul's career record book... the senior has 348 career assists... she needs seven more to take over the fifth spot, which Sally Anderson currently owns... Hampton scored 24 of her 27 points in the first half... Hampton's 27 points came on 10-for-18 from the field, while the junior was 4-for-8 from behind the 3-point line... Deanna Ortiz scored a career-high 11 points.... her previous best was career-best was six points, which she recorded in five different games... Hampton and Katherine Harry each tied a career-high in steals... Hampton finished with five and Harry tallied four steals... DePaul 28-9 all-time in season openers... Doug Bruno improves to 19-6 on opening night... DePaul is 21-4 when they open on its home court.